Developing easy and efficient coordination is a process that can require changing the habits of a lifetime. Over a hundred years ago, F. Matthias Alexander (1869-1955) created a brilliant technique for making these in-depth changes. Learning Alexander's Technique can have profound benefits for the quality of life of the student, from alleviating chronic pain and excess tension to developing a greater understanding of self.
Alexander Technique teacher training continues and intensifies the unique learning experience that takes place in private lessons. The training is a fascinating process that is often one of remarkable growth and improvement for the teacher-trainee.
Trainees are provided with the daily, in-person class time and individual attention necessary for developing the skills and knowledge essential to teaching the Technique. The course meets for several hours each day for three years. This daily certification program fulfills the teacher-training standards established by F. Matthias Alexander, the creator of the Alexander Technique.
Teacher Training Course Instruction
The Alexander Technique teacher's own use is intrinsic to his/her teaching skills. Therefore, the core of the training is based on the individual learning process provided in private lessons.
To help further understanding of the Alexander Technique, the course also focuses on the historical development of the Technique, from a method of voice and breathing improvement to a technique of psycho-physical re-education.
Special sessions on other topics pertinent to being a teacher of the Technique, such as building a teaching practice, are included in the training.
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Qualified teachers have completed approved trainings that consist of several hours of class each day, four to five days a week, for at least three years.
The first Alexander Technique teacher training course was started in 1932 by F. Matthias Alexander in response to both numerous requests and the strong encouragement of such notables as philosopher and Alexander Technique student, John Dewey. Alexander continued to train teachers until shortly before his death in 1955. During the decades of the course's existence, Alexander’s trainees included physicians, educators, musicians, housewives, students, artists, and dancers, among others. All of his trainees went through the same in-depth daily training for a minimum of three years. Today, approved teacher training courses, including the Alexander Technique Center of Washington, maintain F. M. Alexander’s standards for this unique professional training. Teachers' organizations that approve teacher training programs are the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT), The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique, UK (STAT), and their affiliated societies in 16 countries.
The training takes place over seven semesters. Semesters run from January to May and from August to December. Each semester is 16 weeks of instruction, with one-week breaks every three or four weeks during the semester.
Days and Hours
The course is located in McLean, Virginia, within 15 minutes drive of Washington, D.C. and suburban Maryland.
On successful completion of the training, a trainee is certified by the Alexander Technique Center of Washington. Trainees are also qualified to receive a teaching certificate from the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT).
Adults 18 years old or over who have had at least 30 Alexander Technique lessons from a qualified teacher may apply for training.
Marian Goldberg maintains a private Alexander Technique teaching practice in the Washington, D.C. area and is the Director of the Alexander Technique Center of Washington's Teacher-Training Program. Marian began studying the Alexander Technique in 1978. After working with a variety of interpretations of the Alexander Technique from 1978 to 1980, she went on to study with Joan and Alexander Murray at the Urbana Center for the Alexander Technique in 1980. Marian graduated from the Urbana Center’s certified teacher-training program in 1983, fulfilling the three-year daily training standards established by F. Matthias Alexander. In addition, Marian completed two years of advanced training at the Urbana Center. She has been teaching the Technique since 1983 and is certified by both the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT), UK, and the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT). Marian also studied with teachers directly trained by F. M. Alexander: Walter Carrington, Peggy Williams, and Marjorie Barstow. She has taught classes and workshops in the Technique for colleges and universities and for a number of organizations, including the United States Marine Band, the Vocal Studies Program at George Mason University, and the University of Illinois. Her articles have appeared in several publications, including The Alternative Health Sourcebook and Natural Awakenings magazine. Marian is the editor of Beginning from the Beginning: A Conversation with Joan and Alexander Murray. She has developed several web sites: “Alexander Technique: The Insiders’ Guide,” “John Dewey and the Alexander Technique” and “The Alexander Technique for Musicians.” Marian has also been certified as a Feldenkrais® Practitioner and has trained in Cranio-Sacral Therapy.
Applying for Training
Contact the Center to receive an application. An interview and and up to three lessons with the Director may be required.
an application form or for more information, please contact
The Alexander Technique Center is accepting applications for the 2021 fall semester. Contact the Center for schedule and fee information, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Links to Professional Societies and Training Programs
Alexander Technique Teacher Training Certification Societies:
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